As if Dengue Fever isn’t bizarre enough, my doctor here in Wellington turned it up a notch today. My full test results came back from the lab and she called for a discussion. I had already heard most of the results, so there were no big surprises until …
“And in addition to the Dengue that’s in your system now,
it looks like you’ve had it before.”
BACK THE TRAIN UP! It appears that I’ve had Dengue Fever before! And why is this a big deal? Well, as it happens, if you’ve previously had one of the four types of Dengue, and you get another type, you are at much higher risk for Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. Not good, not good at all. I am soooo lucky that things are going as well as they are.
Terri and I have puzzled over this. We’ve decided that I must have had Dengue Fever when I was working as a geophysicist monitoring a seismic crew in the jungles of northern Belize. In that episode, I had a sudden-onset round of fever, and nausea, with what has become the now familiar tropical disease symptoms. At the time, we thought it was food or water related, but looking back, we now think it was Dengue.
Now the photo explanation. After getting medical advice from family and friends (thanks to Nancy, Sue, Carla, and Anita) I know that a low white blood count means a compromised immune system, and a plane becomes a petri dish with wings. I will be flying in a few days and will wear ONE of these masks. We’ll see.